Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy is an American writer, director, podcaster, singer and former actress. McCurdy's breakthrough role as Sam Puckett in the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly earned her various awards, including four Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. She reprised the character in the iCarly spin-off series Sam & Cat before leaving Nickelodeon. McCurdy also appeared in the television series Malcolm in the Middle, Zoey 101, Lincoln Heights, True Jackson, VP, and Victorious. She produced, wrote, and starred in her own webseries, What's Next for Sarah?, and led the science-fiction series Between. McCurdy independently released her debut single, "So Close", in 2009. She released her debut EP, Not That Far Away, in 2010, followed in 2012 by the Jennette McCurdy EP and the Jennette McCurdy album. The lead single, "Generation Love", reached number 44 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. In 2017, McCurdy quit acting and decided to pursue a career in writing and directing.